If you’re reading this blog you’ve read this book. If you’re reading this blog you’ve seen the movie. If you haven’t done either, what are you doing here??? Seriously, go watch Jersey Shore or Glee, or rent Harry Potter and the Goblet of Crap and never come back here!!!!! Are they gone? Ok let’s continue.
WP Kinsella is a Canadian, writing about baseball. Does that seem strange to you? Kinsella will be 76 on May 25th of this year. Happy Birthday WP Kinsella and thank you for such a great book.
We all know the plot of this baseball fantasy: Ray hears voices, Ray builds a baseball diamond in his cornfield, Joe Jackson shows up, Ray kidnaps J D Salinger(Terrance Mann), Moonlight Graham gets an at bat, and Ray has a catch with his Dad.
Whenever I’m flipping through the channels and Field Of Dreams pops up, I have to watch it. I think Kevin Costner is a pretty good actor when he doesn’t have gills, or he’s not delivering post-apocalyptic mail, and I think he does a great job of capturing the Ray Kinsella of the book. The book and the movie are pretty close in plot, but for me the book out shines the movie.
The book, is one of those that I have to read every couple of years. It makes me wish that there really could be a magic cornfield somewhere, and that Catcher in the Rye was a really good book, but we know that it’s just not possible. The fantasy, poetry and rhythm of the book doesn’t show up in the film as strongly, but it does make an appearance. I will always stop and watch the movie and the book will always have a place on my bookshelf.